2000 HERS Program Information Session: February 9

To Penn Women:

Have you heard about HERS and the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education? Ever think about applying? Wonder what the process is? Or want to know what the program is like? Come join us for an Information Session about the 2000 HERS program. Talk with colleagues who have attended HERS in years past and find out about this year's program and application process. The session will be held Wednesday, February 9, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Living Room, Inn at Penn.

The University will sponsor the nomination of two women to the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, sponsored by Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resources (HERS) Mid Atlantic and will fully fund their participation.

Over the years, Penn has supported the enrollment of over 50 women faculty and administrators from schools and departments across the campus. As in the past, a review committee of several HERS alumnae and Penn faculty will select the two nominees for recommendation to HERS. (HERS makes the final selections.)

Applications for those selected by the internal committee will be forwarded to HERS for final review and acceptance in March. For an application or more information, contact Laurie Cousart by e-mail (cousart@pobox.upenn.edu), or visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/summerinstitute.

Q. What is the purpose of the Summer Institute?

  • A. The Institute offers women faculty and administrators intensive training in education administration pertinent to the management and governance of colleges and universities. It is designed to improve the status of women in middle and executive levels of higher education administration, areas in which women traditionally have been under-represented.

Q. What are the main curricular areas?

  • A. The curriculum focuses on four areas: academic environment, external environment, institutional environment and professional development. Specific work areas include strategic planning, budgeting and accounting, financing higher education, and leadership skills.

Q. Who makes up the faculty?

  • A. The faculty is comprised of women and men from government, foundations, professional associations, and the diverse sectors of North American higher education.

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

  • A. Application for admission is open to women faculty and administrators whose background, experience and present responsibilities indicate a potential for professional advancement in higher education administration.

Q. When and where will the program be held?

  • A. The Institute, a residential experience in its 25th year, will be held from June 25 to July 21, 2000 on the campus of Bryn Mawr College. Although most women live on campus, it is possible to commute. Classes are held from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday. There are programs and group discussions scheduled for a number of the evenings.

Q. What is the application process?

  • A. Applicants must complete an application form and submit a letter of recommendation. For administrators, this letter should be from the department head or supervisor; for faculty, it should be from a faculty member who is knowledgeable of the candidate's administrative abilities. Submit the materials no later (sooner is fine!) than Friday, February 25, to:Laurie Cousart, Director, Telecommunications, Suite 449A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228.

--Laurie Cousart, Director, Telecommunications, HERS alumna, Class of 1995

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 20, February 8, 2000